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Wolf Control is Necessary, and it Benefits Alaskans, Not Nonresidents

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 15, 2004


In response to Wade Haskell's letter ("Gov. Murkowski wants to inflate moose population for Outside profit," Dec. 7) and other letters reflecting common predator control themes:

I live within a 10-minute snowmachine ride of Denali National Park. I want to reassure people that there is no wolf control program in the park, as implied by Mr. Haskell.

Mr. Haskell states "the governor wants to artificially inflate moose numbers, not for Alaskans but for the revenues that are made from nonresident hunters. ..."

First, nonresident hunters are not allowed to hunt moose in this unit! Second, the guides who could bring in revenue are, in fact, Alaskans. Yes, Alaska is losing revenue, due to the large decline of Unit 13's moose.

Mr. Haskell refers to "study after study" showing wolves and moose will balance each other out. I'm not aware of these studies. I am aware of the "theory" of the balance of nature, but study after study, it remains a "theory."

Other writers think the successful ballot initiatives against the use of aircraft for predator control should be followed. OK, let's follow them. But first let's follow previous successful ballot initiatives, like the two to move the capital. Let's not "cut in line at the movies" with the more recent wolf/aircraft ballot initiatives. Wolf management is complex because sociological considerations are more influential than biological information! So much for science.

Marty Caress, Chairman
Denali Advisory Committee
Cantwell AK

 

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